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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-29-06 01:51 PM
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6. Doe the US have the concept of "green ink" letters to newspapers?
(Actually, a quick search on the web seems to show it's restricted to the UK). Journalists in Britain sometimes talk about "green ink letters", or "the green ink brigade". Letters sent in to newspapers written in green ink almost always turned out to be from obsessives who, correctly or not, thought a journalist had seen the light on their particular hobby horse. In these days of word processing and email, it probably doesn't happen much, but I can believe it used to - I had a letter to the editor published in The Times, when I was a student (it consisted of one paragraph, saying a court case where a man was suing himself for child maintenance for tax reasons showed reform was needed, and what the reform ought to be), and got a multi-page reply in the mail from someone detailing the injustices of the entire English divorce system, and their proposed solution, complete with graphs. It was written on a computer, but they'd made up for that by highlighting large parts in multiple highlight colours. Obviously they felt hard done by, and wanted anyone who vaguely mentioned the subject to know exactly how much they had been screwed by the system.

Has the green ink tendency just migrated to the web, and now avails itself of 16 different colours, but still pontificates just as much as before?
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